Chemistry of Barbeque event set for Aug. 17 at ACS Washington, D.C., meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2009 — What better time than mid-August for a science-based briefing on the myths and facts, the dos and don’ts, about grilling and barbequing meat, fish, and veggies — accompanied by foods right off the grill and ice cold beverages? That presentation on the secrets for great grilling will be part of a news media reception here during the 238th National Meeting & Exhibition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 16-20.

Featuring world-renowned food chemists Sara Risch, Ph.D., and Shirley Corriher (also an award-winning cookbook author), it will be held at the Washington Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. All registered news media are invited to attend the reception, which is likely to produce news and feature material.

News media registration for the ACS meeting, one of 2009’s largest and most important scientific conferences, is already open. For media registration and housing reservations go to More than 11,000 scientists and others are expected to attend the meeting, held in the Washington Convention Center and downtown hotels. It will include more than 8,400 reports on new discoveries about chemistry and a host of other fields — including medicine, health, food, energy, environment — that involve chemistry.

The ACS Office of Public Affairs will host a press center with wireless Internet access, telephones, computers, photocopy and fax machines, and refreshments. Full audio and video from daily press conferences will be available over the Internet for reporters planning to cover the meeting from their home bases. Public affairs staff will be available to help arrange interviews with scientists. Embargoed news releases, abstracts of scientific presentations, less-technical summaries, and a schedule of press conferences will be available in August.



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